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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL) was created in 2004 in an unusual public-private agreement between the BPL and map collector-philanthropist Norman Leventhal.

This partnership has enabled us to create public access to the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Library's collection. Mr. Leventhal envisioned that these extraordinary cartographic riches would be the foundation of educational programs for students of all ages. In support of this goal we have created an engaging web presence and exhibits that are free to the public and archived on our website. Our state-of-the-art preservation program will ensure our map heritage for future generations.

In the brief years since the founding of the NBLMC, we have launched a website, conserved and cataloged thousands of maps, sorted and properly stored thousands more, hired the library's first professional Map Curator in more than forty years, created and distributed free curricular materials for middle and high school teachers, toured thousands of Boston area students through the maps, mounted three major gallery exhibits, and planned for a permanent, state-of-the-art Map and Study Center to be located on the third floor of the BPL's historic McKim Building in Copley Square, Boston.

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Pilot guides
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Tides
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Geography
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Nautical charts
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Historical geography
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American Libraries
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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19OMHS72 Favorites
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Christian25000 Favorites
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Saltiel Favorites
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u.s. coast and geodetic survey
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mitchell, s. augustus (samuel augustus), 1792-1868
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bartholomew, j. g. (john george), 1860-1920
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bartholomew, john, 1831-1893
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w. & a.k. johnston limited
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c.s. hammond & company
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by Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598; Diesth, Aegid. Coppenius (Aegidius Coppenius); Llwyd, Humphrey, 1527-1568. Mona druidum insula
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Catalogus auctorum includes 92 names. Epigram on t.p. verso has 16 lines
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; D'Angelo, Jacopo, tr; Nicolaus Germanus, 15th cent., ed; Schnitzer, Johann; Hol, Lienhart, printer
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Title and imprint from Goff and ISTC
Topics: Cosmography, Geography, Atlases, German, Geography, Ancient, Early maps
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; D'Angelo, Jacopo; Silvani, Bernardo; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; Pirckheimer, Willibald, 1470-1530; Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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Imprint from colophon (Q8 recto); most copies have the misprint "Argentoragi"
Topics: D'Angelo, Jacopo, Geography
Source: folio
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by Freytag, Gustav, 1852-1938; Freytag, Berndt und Artaria
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by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638; Blaeu, Joan, 1596-1673
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Seconde partie. Dated 1650
Topic: Atlases, Dutch
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1526.1893
Source: folio
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Source: folio
Below imprint: Cum privilegio
Topics: Hydrographic surveying, Nautical charts
Source: folio
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Topics: Historical geography, Economic geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by George Philip & Son; Edinburgh Geographical Institute
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Source: folio
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Engraved title page
Topics: Atlases, Ocean, Nautical charts
Source: folio
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by Vogel, Karl, 1828-1897
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by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Jansson, Jan, 1588-1664; Keere, Pieter van den, 1571-ca. 1646; Goos, Abraham
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Topic: Atlases, Dutch
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Source: folio
Signatures: [*]¹A-C². 12 p. text with index
Topics: Charts, diagrams, etc, Nautical charts, Pilot guides
Source: folio
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by Gomme, George Laurence, 1853-1916; Stanford, Edward, 1827-1904
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1265.3.1911
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by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934. New England States
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Atlas published 1896. Supplement published 1897
Topic: Geography
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Source: folio
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by Andree, Richard, 1835-1912
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Index to Andrees allgemeiner handatlas
Topics: Atlases, Indexes
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 10.4.1890
Topic: Atlases, British
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by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Scudder, Myron T. (Myron Tracy), 1860-1935. New York
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Edition statement on front cover
Topic: Geography
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by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Saltonstall, Wye, fl. 1630-1640; Cotes, Thomas, d. 1641; Sparke, Michael, d. 1645; Cartwright, Samuel, d. 1650
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Folded plate of New England signed "Simon Passeus sculpsit" and with imprint "London printed by Iames Reeue
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Political geography
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by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; Ticknor, William Davis, 1810-1864
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Engraved t.p
Topics: Atlases, World maps
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain)
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Includes index
Topics: Missions, Ecclesiastical geography
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Roth, Bernard, 1852-1915
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1976.B2.1923A
Topics: Literary landmarks, Coinage
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Espenhorst, J. Petermann's planet
Topic: Historical geography
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1994.S5.C2.1906
Topics: Catholic Church, Missions
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by Butler, Samuel, 1774-1839; Hall, Sidney; Weller, Edward, d. 1884, engraver; Longmans, Green, and Co; Spottiswoode & Co
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Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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"A brief survey of the coinages of Asia, by J. Allan": p. 97-128
Topic: Coinage
Topic: Commercial geography
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Source: folio
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Index has title page: Alphabetishches namenverzeichnis zur neunten, von grund aus neubearbeiteten und neugestochenen auflage von Stielers hand-atlas
Topics: Atlases, Atlases, German
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Source: folio
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by Shanghai Yuan Dong di li xue hui; Dingle, Edwin John; Fruin, Harold John
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Inset map: Hainan
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
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by Times Publishing Company (London, England); George Philip & Son
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; American Stationers' Company
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Topic: Atlases
At head of title: The handy book with the big maps
"August 1881."
Topics: Real property, Cities and towns
Source: folio
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Topic: Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Hartford Rubber Works Company
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Includes index
Topics: Automobile travel, Roads
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by Smith, George Adam, 1856-1942; Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 992.S5.1915
Topics: Bible, Bible
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Lobeck, Tobias; Lotter, Tobias Conrad, 1717-1777; Wagner, Joh. Mich. (Johann Michael), d. 1821; Eichler, Gottfried, 1715-1770
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Date of imprint suggested by Phillips
Topics: Geography, Atlases, German
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by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). General Literature Committee; Clark, Samuel; Grove, George, 1820-1900
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Plate II bound facing p. 16
Topics: Bible, Geography, Ancient
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Date estimated from other publications advertised
Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
Includes engraved illustrated title page containing table of contents (1 folded leaf)
Topic: Atlases, British
Source: folio
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by De Brahm, John Gerar William, 1717-ca. 1799
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Attributed to John William Gerar De Brahm
Topics: Pilot guides, Nautical charts
Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1010.2.M6
Topics: Bible, Classical geography, Classical geography in literature, Geography, Ancient, Historical...
Source: folio
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1970.L2.1886R
Topic: Historical geography
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Source: folio
Includes index and advertisements
Topic: Roads
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Brooke, G. C. (George Cyril), 1884-
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"A brief survey of the coinage of Africa and Australasia from the earliest times to the present day; by G.C. Brooke": p. 67-92
Topic: Coinage
Nineteen of the maps relate to America. cf. Phillips, Philip L. A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, no. 410
Topic: Geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Adam and Charles Black (Firm)
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by Dutt, William A. (William Alfred), 1870-1939
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Includes index
Topic: Natural history
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography
Pages [1]-76a of text, in German, Italian, French, English, and Spanish, numbered in duplicate
Topics: Catholic Church, Catholic Church, Ecclesiastical geography
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
by Long, George, 1800-1879, ed; Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Sherman, G. E; Sheldon & Company (New York, N.Y.); Blanchard & Lea; Henry Seibert & Bros
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography, Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Putzger, F. W. (Friedrich Wilhelm), 1849-1913; Baldamus, Alfred, 1856-1908; Schwabe, Ernst
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Maps also on verso of some leaves
Topic: Historical geography
Includes index
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by John Murray (Firm)
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Map in pocket
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Thomas Nelson & Sons
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Date of publication from preface
Topics: Counties, Counties